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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Bus Trip IconFeb 28-Mar 5 (Wed-Mon) Big Bend National Park Bus Trip

Big Bend National Park

A couple places have opened so that we may soon accept hikers from the wait list to join selected trip options. Please contact the bus trip leader (contact information below) for information.

Depart Dallas on the night of Wednesday, February 28, hike on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and arrive back in Dallas by sunup on Monday, March 5. We offer five alternative hike routes.  Most alternatives will backpack on most days and camp in the backcountry. One will base camp in a group site in the Chisos Basin and make days hikes each day. Click on this PDF document where you will find complete trip details, price, and details on how to sign up. Bus trip leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

Service Outing IconMar 10 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the For the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee. Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. This event is conducted by For the Love of the Lake.  Contact: Carol Nash Send Email 214-455-2115

Day Hike IconMar 10 (Sat) Pilot Knoll Trail Dayhike Highland Village, TX.

Come join us as we day hike 6 miles (10K) on the northern reaches of the Elm Fork. This is a packed dirt trail used by hikers and horse riders heading to Lewisville Lake. No pets, please. Bring water and a snack as we will be walking all morning. The hike begins at the historic Old Alton Bridge, easy to find. We will leave the trailhead promptly at 9 AM. This will be an out-and-back to the vicinity of Pilot Knoll Park in Highland Village. To reach the trailhead ​from I-35E, take the Swisher Road (FM 2181) exit and head west approximately 4 miles. Turn left onto Old Alton Road. The park will be approximately 100 yards down the Old Alton Road on the left. No signup necessary, just show up. The trail could be muddy so bring extra shoes. Optional lunch afterwards. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482

Service Outing IconMar 17 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas. The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail. We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link. If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email Ginger. Trail maintenance events are conducted by Audubon Dallas.  Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Backpack IconMar 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Weekend Backpack at Buckeye Mountain Trail, Arkansas

Hike one of the most scenic Wilderness trails in Arkansas in the Caney Creek Wilderness of west central Arkansas. Saturday we’ll enjoy the views from the ridgetop Buckeye Mountain Trail. Sunday we’ll hike out along the creek bottoms of the Caney Creek Trail. With any luck the wildflowers will be starting to emerge. This trip is rated moderate and would be suitable for beginners in good shape. Both days cover about 4 1/2 miles. Saturday includes an 800 foot uphill section. We`ll camp Friday night near our cars, Saturday night near a nice little waterfall. Trip rated: Moderate. Leader: Mark Adams Send Email 940-231-8482

Backpack IconApr 7-8 (Sat-Sun) Beginner Backpack Trip to the Caney Creek Wilderness

Join us for one of the Dallas Sierra Club’s favorite local backpacking trips. We’ll backpack about 4 1/2 miles along Caney Creek, cross it a few times, and climb some small hills. After setting up camp near a waterfall, we’ll do a short day hike as time and energy permit.  For many of us this was our first Wilderness hike and it's still one of our favorites. Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Sue Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

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Bus Trip IconMay 24-29 (Thu-Tue) Sleeper Bus Trip to Backpack in Tennessee

Tennessee map segmentA Tennessee trip will be a first in forty years of Sierra Club bus trips. Our Memorial Day weekend destination is South Cumberland State Park, east of Interstate 24, between Nashville and Chattanooga. . We'll be on the Cumberland Plateau, a hilly upland stretching from eastern Kentucky to northern Alabama, west of the Smoky Mountains and the Great Valley. Our five hike options are in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. ("Gulf" is a local term for a wide, deep chasm.) Three options include a day in or on the rim of Fiery Gizzard, another gulf. Waterfalls should be flowing, wildflowers blooming. We'll depart Dallas on Thursday evening before Memorial Day and return by 6 a.m. Tuesday, after the Monday holiday. Trip details, cost information and registration forms are in this PDF. Due to backcountry camping policy, each hike option will be limited to eight people. Total capacity is 36 or 37.  Bus trip leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Backpack IconJul 23-27 (Mon-Fri) Holy Cross Wilderness Area, Central Colorado

cabin at Holy Cross CityHold the week of July 22 for backpacking in Colorado. Arrange to carpool or drive to a group campsite reserved for us near Leadville on Sunday night, July 22. One group will hike 28 miles in five days on the Fall Creek Trail to the ghost town of Holy Cross City, over Fancy Pass and then down via the Cross Creek Trail. Another group, starting at another trailhead, will hike a similar distance to Holy Cross City, Fancy Pass, the Missouri Lakes and Lonesome Lake. Inquiries are welcome any time, but registrations won't be solicited or accepted until April. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

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Bus Trip IconAug 30-Sep 4 (Thu-Tue) Backpack in the Weminuche Wilderness, SW Colorado

two people viewing Rio Grande Pyramid and WindowA permit request for the Dallas Group to hike and camp in this largest Wilderness Area in Colorado was submitted Jan. 1. If granted by the Forest Service, we'll depart on a chartered sleeper bus on the evening of Aug. 30 and return by 6 a.m on Sept. 4. The Weminuche straddles the Continental Divide. Trail altitudes would range from 9,300' to 12,500'. Permit moratoriums and fires have precluded our visits to this beautiful area since 2012, but we'll cross our fingers for good news in the spring about a permit to make this our destination for the 2018 Labor Day weekend.  Contact: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Car Camp IconOct 19-21 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma (Save the date!)

Beavers Bend State ParkCelebrate fall by joining us for a weekend in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have a large group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile trail over multiple ridges. The park offers additional activities, including paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends and all ages. Details and reservation information will be posted here in August 2018. Send email to the trip coordinator if you'd like to be notified when reservations open.  Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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